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The Hilarious World of Depression

By American Public Media

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A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better. American Public Media and HealthPartners’ Make It Okay campaign are committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.

Customer Reviews

Essential listening for those with depression, their families, and their therapists

As a person dealing with my own depression and a mental health counselor I was a bit cautious when I read the title and description of this podcast. It seems like a tricky approach to a very difficult topic. Halfway through I was impressed and will be posting the first episode to my client blog this week as recommended listening. John does an amazing job and Peter Sagal is a perfect first guest. Their honesty about their experiences, with family, work, and mental health professionals rings true and adds a great new voice in support of those of us who often feel alone in our depression. Thanks John!

Listened to first episode and I want more!

I really enjoy this concept because I too experience life as a "high functioning depressive." It is so hard to explain why I feel so catastrophic about small things, when I just wish I could accurately interpret things. I look forward to more episodes. Thanks for showing that depression can be equal parts funny and terrible.

Seasonally appropriate

I don't like to think of myself as having s.a.d. because I like winter weather and enjoy the cold better than summer heat, but the loneliness and darkness of December is always hard. Thanks, John Moe, for releasing this when it's doing me the most good.